City Buildings and Clouds wallpaper – Republicans Seem To Lack Courage and Direction

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In 1983 Ronnie Reagan sent some military -mostly marines to Beirut. 241 members of the U.S. military were murdered by a suicide bomber. Reagan immediately withdrew all military from what was intended as some kind of peace keeping force. In 2008 a U.S. sniper shot a Quran, angering Iraqis and the Iraqi government, George W. Bush spokesperson said, “He apologized for that in the sense that he said that we take it very seriously,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “We are concerned about the reaction. We wanted them to know that the president knew that this was wrong.”
After right-wing nutbar Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin , likened the battle against Islamic militants to a Christian struggle against Satan and said at evangelical gatherings that a militant Muslim militia leader in Somalia worshiped an ”idol” and not ”a real God.” Dubya offered this “appeasement’, ”didn’t reflect my opinion,” adding, ”Look, it just doesn’t reflect what the government thinks.” Yes folks, its time to play, Its OK When Republicans Apologize and Appease, and Everything Democrats Do Is To Be Construed As an Apology and Appeasement, The Bizarre Meme That ‘Appeasement’ Caused the Libya Attack

Professor Paul Rahe is a nice man who teaches history at Hillsdale College. Here’s what he wrote about the attack on our embassy in Libya and the murder of four people, including the American ambassador:

The American people cannot be allowed to discover that Barack Obama’s policy of appeasement has persuaded our enemies that we are weak and feckless and has elicited aggression on their part. Nor can they be allowed to learn that Hillary Clinton and our minions have been grossly negligent with regard to the security of our embassies, consulates, and other installations in the larger Muslim world. Instead, we must ignore the spirit of the First Amendment and vent our wrath on an inept Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt.

So let me get this straight. President Bush cuts a deal with Moammar Gadhafi, in which the dictator forswears weapons of mass destruction, and is thereafter treated as a friend of the United States. President Obama takes office. The Libyan dictator threatens to massacre his own people. In response, Obama orders the U.S. military to play the lead roll in bombing Libya, helping rebel forces to oust and kill Gadhafi. Every last person in Libya knows that this happened.

And you assert, as if it’s self-evident, that the Libyans attacked our embassy because of Obama’s “policy of appeasement.” What possible sense does that make? In Libya, none, and it doesn’t make sense elsewhere either. Obama surged troops into Afghanistan before beginning the present withdrawal with bipartisan support in Congress and from American voters.

Obama escalated a drone campaign that has spread to half a dozen countries, ordered a raid into Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, and helped to engage in a cyber-attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. He ordered a special forces raid on pirates that rescued hostages. All told, the various drone strikes that Obama has ordered have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people.

Throughout modern history – or whoever took the first photograph of a protest, protests have been easy fodder for campaigns of disinformation and spin. It is one of the reasons I’m not crazy about them as a modern tool for change. If some Democrats – all wearing white shirts and ties, carrying U.S. flags stood in silence for ten minutes to protest the Jim Crow-lite voting laws that several conservative state legislation have passed, the conservative freak machine would spin it as an ugly violent protest and the direct cause of someone fifty miles away having a bad case of gout. Conservatives have no shame about the boldest of lies, so drawing ridiculous, utterly unproven connections between cause and effect, would hardly cause a blip on their broken down morality meter.

Liz Cheney Claims Obama Has “Abandoned” Czechoslovakia (Which Hasn’t Existed Since The Early ’90s). The only reason I’m posting this is because of a Democratic blogger who still hates Obama because they were Hillary supporters. Before Romney picked Ryan as his running mate, said Democratic blogger cited Liz as the perfect choice because of her foreign policy credentials. What makes this blow-up ( not a simple gaffe) so amazing is that John McCain ( dufus Republican senator from Arizona) made the same blow-up in 2008.

Consumers and investors should be suspicious of the ramifications of a Romney administration with a conservative Congress, Killing Dodd-Frank Softly

The tactic has worked. An analysis by the law firm Davis Polk on the bill’s two-year anniversary in July found that just 30 percent of the nearly 400 regulations had been finalized. Thirty-five percent had not even reached the “proposed stage”—a point where the agency has published a draft, open to the public for comment.

Much like the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s other signature achievement in domestic policy, the fate of Dodd-Frank largely hinges on Obama’s re-election. Both pieces of legislation overhauled a major sector of the U.S. economy, but didn’t go into immediate effect all at once. In the case of Dodd-Frank, it was left to federal regulators scattered across several agencies to hash out the details. There was a logic to this: Regulators are the ones who have the intricate knowledge needed to tweak the complex financial system. Plus, explicit regulations written into the bill could have bogged it down in the legislative muck. But leaving the details to the regulators carried risks. Rules would be made outside the public eye, favoring the interests of the banks’ massive lobbying arms. And it would delay the start of enforcement.

Congress tasked the regulators with finalizing the bulk of Dodd-Frank’s rules within one year of its passage in July 2010. Instead, more than a year past that deadline, a raft of delays has left great swaths of the bill unenforced.

This summer, Public Citizen found that most regulatory agencies had not met the deadlines stipulated in the bill. The consumer advocate organization found that the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) missed over 90 percent of its specified deadlines. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) wasn’t much better, missing 87 percent of its due dates. Overall, federal agencies hadn’t met the mandated date for nearly 80 percent of the Dobb-Frank rules.

“We’ve been too slow,” says Bart Chilton, one of five commissioners atop the CFTC. “It’s not like there is one individual that’s messed things up and not done their share of the work. I’m frustrated, disappointed, and think we should have done better.”

In May, Chilton gave a speech before Americans for Financial Reform, an umbrella group for consumer-advocacy organizations, in which he detailed a four-step strategy that industries use to derail regulations. He called it “quadrakill.” The first two steps take place on Capitol Hill. Initially, the industries work their connections to block a bill from becoming law. If that fails, they turn to the appropriations process, attempting to starve regulators of the funds needed to enforce new rules. This tactic has been particularly harmful for Chilton’s agency; Dodd-Frank envisioned a newly robust CFTC workforce, but Republicans in the House have choked off the funds needed to properly expand the bureau. If the first two methods don’t work for industries looking to blunt regulations, the third step is to intercede once a restriction is embedded in a law but not yet enforced—precisely what the Wall Street-friendly members of Congress were trying to accomplish in their letter to Cordray. They argue with the regulators, cajoling them to dilute the strength of the regulation and delay it ad infinitum. And then, if all else fails, they turn to the courts to tie everything up one last time with lawsuits.

Republicans are working to make it possible to have another financial meltdown. They’re fine with that because it benefits their true constituency, the 1%. The conservatives who work for a living, making modest incomes? Well that is where the noise machine – Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and so forth come in. They keep the rubes focused by plots by the U.N. to supersede U.S. sovereignty, the birther conspiracy, perverse arguments over what constitutes real versus unreal rape, the alleged war on Christianity by liberals, the plot to remove “in God We Trust” from U.S. currency and dozens of other kooky social issues and urban myths.

In case anyone missed it, low taxes are not the panacea for economic growth, Do Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth?

The main economic argument for tax cuts is simple enough. In the short term, they put money in people’s pockets. Longer term, people will presumably work harder if they keep more of the next dollar they earn. They will work more hours or expand their small business. This argument dominates the political debate.

But tax cuts have other effects that receive less attention — and that can slow economic growth. Somebody who cares about hitting a specific income target, like $1 million, might work less hard after receiving a tax cut. And all else equal, tax cuts increase the deficit, as Mr. Bush’s did, which creates other economic problems.

When the top marginal rate was 70 percent or higher, as it was from 1940 to 1980, tax cuts really could make a big difference, notes Donald Marron, director of the highly regarded Tax Policy Center and another former Bush administration official. When the top rate is 35 percent, as it is today, a tax cut packs much less economic punch.

“At the level of taxes we’ve been at the last couple decades and the magnitude of the changes we’ve had, it’s hard to make the argument that tax rates have a big effect on economic growth,” Mr. Marron said. Similarly, a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service found that, over the past 65 years, changes in the top tax rate “do not appear correlated with economic growth.”

One of the reasons that Romney is probably never going to show his tax returns is that he is not paying anything close to top marginal rates. He has manipulated his income to look as though it is all or vastly, investment income, thus paying at most %15.

 

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy

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